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Kāryn Taylor Artist

Academic Qualifications

Master of Fine Arts (First Class Hon), Elam School of Art, Auckland, 2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hon), Massey University, Wellington, 2005

Diploma in Graphic Design, Masters Institute, California, 1993

Diploma in Visual Communications, Christchurch Polytechnic, Christchurch, 1992

Upcoming Exhibitions

2024 Visual Linguistics, Sanderson Contemporary

2024 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Gallery 9

Solo Exhibitions


Solo Booth, Melbourne Art Fair, Gallery 9


Future Philosophies, Suter Gallery, Nelson

Applied Geometry, Jhana Millers Gallery, Wellington

Fuzzy Logic, Jhana Millers Gallery, Wellington 

It's All Relative, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland


Static Object Infinite Event, Jhana Millers, Wellington

Squaring the Circle, Gallery9, Sydney

An Implicate Order, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland


Impossible Logic, Jhana Millers Gallery, Wellington

Auckland Art Fair, Online


Electric Hum, Gallery9, Sydney

Shape of a Circle, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

How to Construct Your Universe, Millers O’Brien, Wellington


Elements of Euclid, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

Diagram for a Quantum Event, Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland


Implicate Order, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

Time. Space. Existence., Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland


Line to Plane, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland


Line of Site, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

Immaterial Alchemy, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

New Geometries, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland


Jacob’s Ladder, Corner Gallery, Auckland


Jacob’s Ladder, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin


Group Exhibitions


Aotearoa Art Fair, Sanderson Contemporary


Spring1883, Melbourne, Gallery 9

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Gallery 9


Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Gallery 9, Carriageworks, Sydney


Orbit, 10 Days on the Island, Tasmania Arts Festival


Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Online


Geometry of Thought, Wallace Art Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland

Illusions, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne

Moniek Schrijer Kāryn Taylor Erica van Zon, Millers O'Brien, Wellington


Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney

Melbourne Art Fair, Southbank Arts Precinct, Melbourne

Auckland Art Fair, The Cloud, Auckland


Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney

Art-Athina, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece

Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington


Auckland Art Fair, The Cloud, Auckland

Art-Athina, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece


Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Sydney

Light, 30upstairs, Wellington

Kāryn Taylor and Sandra Bushby, Window Gallery, Auckland

Sculpture, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland


New Zealand Sculpture on Shore, Fort Takapuna, Auckland

Wallace Art Award, Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland

National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Auckland


Abstract Philosophy, 30upstairs, Wellington

The Other Place, Allpress Gallery, Auckland

Launch 2012, Projectspace B431, Auckland


Quietly Confident, SOFA Gallery, Christchurch

Lola Anne Tunbridge Award, Projectspace B431, Auckland


A Matter of Mind, Dunedin Fringe Festival, Dunedin


Practical Metaphysics, Dunedin Fringe Festival, Dunedin


Grants and Awards

2023         CNZ funding

2020         Finalist Parkin Drawing Prize

2018         Finalist Fulbright-Wallace Award

2017         Merit Award, Parkin Drawing Prize

2017         Jan Warburton Trust Grant

2014         Sponsorship, New Zealand Sculpture on Shore

2014         Finalist, Wallace Art Award

2014         Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award

2012         Finalist, Wallace Art Award

2012         Finalist, Lola Anne Tunbridge Award

2008        Mitre10 Mega, Dunedin Fringe Festival Sponsorship



The Suter Art Gallery Collection

Arts House Trust, Auckland
Elliot Eyes Collection, Sydney
Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne
ACU Art Collection, Sydney
Florida Kyriacopoulos Private Collection and Museum, A
thens Greece


Reviews and Publications

Art New Zealand, Kāryn Taylor Future Philosophies, Steve Austin, Spring 2023, p52

Kāryn Taylor Future Philosophies, Edward Hanfling, Zara Stanhope, Dr Kyla Mackenzie, 2023, ISBN 978-0-473-68055-8

ACU Art Collection; A New Perspective, Circular Spin, Zara Stanhope, 2020, p54-55 ISBN 978-1-922097-86-6

ArtZone, Light and Lines, Claire O'Loughlin, #82 2019-20, p23-31

Art New Zealand, The Observer Effect on Karyn Taylor, Lucinda Bennett, Summer 2018 - 19, p70-73

EyeContact, Taylor’s Moving (and moved around) Diagram, John Hurrell, 28 April 2018,

EyeContact, Taylor’s Leaning Quadrilaterals, John Hurrell, 8 March 2017,

Personal Structures, Open Borders, Kāryn Taylor, Jaimee Stockman-Young, 2017, p292.

Twenty /Twenty, Kāryn Taylor, Zara Stanhope, 2017, p140 – 147.

Contemporary HUM, An Interview with Kāryn Taylor, Contemporary HUM, 22 September 2017,, What we saw in Foreign Galleries at Art Athina, Maria Xypolopoulou, 2 June 2017,

20 Artists, 20 Writers, One New Zealand Gallery, Karyn Taylor, Elizabeth Brookbanks, p148 – 155.

Art and Artist Blog, Anna Pappas Gallery: Simon MacEwan & Karyn Taylor, Zhen, 28 September 2015,

EyeContact, Collecting and Emitting Light, John Hurrell, 5 August 2015,

Art Collector Magazine, 2015 Undiscovered Artists, Sue Gardiner, Apr – Jun 2015, p 114.

EyeContact, Outdoor Sculpture in Devonport, John Hurrell, 16 November 2014,

EyeContact, National Contemporary Art Award in Hamilton, Peter Dornauf, September 1, 2014,

Rob Garrett Curator, Project 015: Karyn Taylor, Rob Garrett, 7 April 2014,

EyeContact, Thinking in the Abstract, Glen Snow, 23 October 2013,

EyeContact, Eight Elam Students, John Hurrell, 27 August 2013,

Elam-Ilam Quietly Confident, Victoria Wynne-Jones, University of Canterbury, 2012

Otago Daily Times, Take Note, March 18, 2010, p 30.

Adrienne Rewi Online, Rear Lights, Adrienne Rewi,

Otago Daily Times, Fun House Trip into the Unknown, Nigel Benson, April 2, 2008, p 12.

Otago Daily Times, 2008 Dunedin Fringe, Nigel Benson, April 3, 2008, p 8.

Critic Magazine, Fringe Festival is Hotting Up, Neal Barber, March 10, 2008

Otago Daily Times, Invited Artists show a Fine Realism, James Dignan, April 10, 2008

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